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The Metta Prayer – as requested after yesterdays Chanting :)

The Metta Prayer
The Buddha gave a beautiful teaching on the development of lovingkindness called the Metta Sutta (also known as the Karaniya Metta Sutta). I’ve adapted the words of the sutta to formulate them as an aspiration that can be repeated in a prayer-like way.
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In order that I may be skilled in discerning what is good, in order that I may understand the path to peace,
Let me be able, upright, and straightforward, of good speech, gentle, and free from pride;
Let me be contented, easily satisfied, having few duties, living simply, of controlled senses, prudent, without pride and without attachment to nation, race, or other groups.
Let me not do the slightest thing for which the wise might rebuke me. Instead let me think:
“May all beings be well and safe, may they be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be, whether moving or standing still, without exception, whether large, great, middling, or small, whether tiny or substantial,
Whether seen or unseen, whether living near or far,
Born or unborn; may all beings be happy.
Let none deceive or despise another anywhere. Let none wish harm to another, in anger or in hate.”
Just as a mother would guard her child, her only child, with her own life, even so let me cultivate a boundless mind for all beings in the world.
Let me cultivate a boundless love for all beings in the world, above, below, and across, unhindered, without ill will or enmity.
Standing, walking, seated, or lying down, free from torpor, let me as far as possible fix my attention on this recollection. This, they say, is the divine life right here.
Translated and adapted by Bodhipaksa from the Pali Metta Sutta.

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SOHAM – Mantra

Natural mantra: The Soham mantra is a natural mantra because it is already part of your nature.

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Sooooo… is the sound of inhalation, and is remembered in the mind along with that inhalation.
Hummmm… is the sound of exhalation, and is remembered in the mind along with that exhalation.

Universal mantra: The Soham mantra has been called the universal mantra because of the fact that its vibration is already a part of the breath, and everybody breathes.

Soham: A mantra which repeats itself in all of us ! it is the natural and universal mantra because of the fact that its vibration is already a part of the breath, and everybody breathes.

It is also called the Hamsa mantra. Hamsa poses the question,” Who am I?” Soham provides the answer, ” I am that.”

When remembered repeatedly, it declares I am that I am that I am that I am. It is a very useful practice to remember this Mantra every day. The practice of So’ham is recommended in the Upanishads and the Vedas. It has been said about So’ham that :
Those who contemplate So’ ham ceaselessly, discarding worldly entanglements, they attain the supreme state and their worldly bondage is destroyed.

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Bach Flower Remedies and Depression

A lot of people have been asking about how Bach Flower remedies help with Depression. So here is a little explanation on this.

Bach Flower therapy is a holistic approach to treating emotional disturbances by using infusions of flowers. The author of “Flowers that Heal,” Patricia Kaminski, writes in her book that “our own souls can find communion and expression through flowers.” When flower remedies are chosen carefully, mindful of the particular characteristics of the individual and the emotional situation being experienced, healing on a deep level can be triggered. Even people suffering from depression can benefit from the healing power of flowers. There are many flower essences appropriate for dealing with depression.

PINE
Pine, is used by flower essence practitioners to re-balance negative emotions of guilt and self-criticism. People who may benefit from pine may become easily depressed by their own shortcomings and are often self-sacrificing. A depressed person may respond to pine by experiencing greater self-acceptance and may realize personal failures or mistakes are simply part of human nature.

SWEET CHESTNUT
Sweet chestnut, can be used for people who are at their deepest level of despair. Dr. Bach, the founder of the 38 Bach Flower Remedies, explains that a few drops of this flower essence may begin to relieve feelings of depression and may enable the sufferer to face despair with a sense of hope and a feeling of calmness.

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MUSTARD
Mustard, is another essence used for deep despair, but unlike sweet chestnut, it is for people whose depression appears suddenly and arises from an unknown source. A generalized feeling of melancholia may be lifted by a few drops of the flower essence of mustard in a glass of water sipped throughout the day.

HORNBEAM
Hornbeam, is thought to be useful for depression that makes life’s day-to-day challenges difficult to face. Hornbeam may alleviate mental fatigue or weariness that strikes in the morning and predisposes the individual to project that the day’s activities will be too exhausting to attend to. An inner sense of stamina is needed in order to endure, and people who are likely to respond best to hornbeam are those who are suffering from the burden of monotonous tasks and who feel especially overburdened by daily demands.

GENTIAN
Gentian, is one of the Bach flower essences that has been found to be useful for individuals who need encouragement to persevere in adversity. People who may respond best to gentian, according to Dr. Bach, are those who easily become discouraged and depressed when “things go wrong.” After treatment, there can be a greater sense of trust and belief, and people are more likely to have faith that things will improve regardless of life’s inevitable disappointments.

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Eucalyptus Oil

This is one of the most useful and versatile oils to have with You.

It is also a great Purifier of energies

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Eucalyptus essential oil has many healing properties and helps with the balancing of many chakras ( depending on what You need )

Sacral Chakra (second chakra) – Eucalyptus is great for use in healing lower backaches and sciatica so it makes this essential oil perfect for use in balancing the sacral chakra.

Heart Chakra (fourth chakra) – With its use in helping upper respiratory issues, it makes for a great essential oil to use on the heart chakra. It can be used to help release tightness, allowing emotional issues and physical pains to disperse.

Throat Chakra (fifth chakra) – You can help to balance your throat chakra by using Eucalyptus essential oil when you notice symptoms having to do with a sore throat or vocal cords. It helps to open the flow of communication!

Third-Eye (sixth chakra) – Sinus and nasal congestion effects the third eye’s ability to function properly, so using Eucalyptus essential oil in an inhalant (such as steam, diffuser, or pocket aromatherapy inhalers) greatly increases the functionality of the third eye by removing the congestion from your sinuses.

Inflammation/Overexercised Muscles/Pain/Tennis Elbow/ Arthritis/Rheumatism – massage 1-2 drops over the area of concern, always massaging towards the heart to support the lymphatic system.

Helps to bring relationships into the light, including with ourselves, to others, our work, and the divine.

According to Modern Essentials, the properties of eucalyptus essential oil also include:

Analgesic
Antibacterial
Anticatarrhal
Anti-Infectious
Anti-Inflammatory
Antiviral
Insecticidal
Expectorant